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Poet starts Markin-Flanagan residency

By Janice Lee

The Markin-Flanagan Distinguished Writers Program has named poet Sina Queyras as the 2007–2008 Markin-Flanagan Canadian Writer-in-Residence. Her residency begins on August 15, 2007 and runs until June 15, 2008.

sinaQueyras returns to Canada after several years living in the United States, where she taught creative writing at Rutgers University and, most recently, Haverford College.

“What I'm looking forward to most about the residency is time to work, but also breathing the air, listening to the CBC, reading Canadian newspapers, spending time in the university library, and getting to know Calgary's dynamic academic, arts and writing community,” says Queyras.

Queyras grew up in her mother’s Chrysler, travelling the roads of western Canada. She has lived on Vancouver Island, and in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, New Jersey, Brooklyn and Philadelphia.

Her third collection of poetry, Lemon Hound, recently won the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and a Lambda Literary Award.

In 2005 she edited Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets, for Persea Books, and last fall edited Canadian Strange, a folio of contemporary Canadian writing for Drunken Boat where she is a contributing editor. From 2005-2007 Queyras co-curated the *belladonna reading series in New York. Her work has been published widely in journals and anthologies.

During her residency, Queyras will devote 50 percent of her time to community activities, including individual manuscript consultations with local writers, public readings and workshops, and 50 percent of her time to writing. She plans to work on a number of different writing projects.

“There are several projects vying for the top priority, but I think it will be my novel, Autobiography of Childhood, which will benefit from being in this particular landscape,” says Queyras. “Otherwise I will be working most immediately on an essay about Lisa Robertson and thinking about lyric in the Canadian poetic imagination.”

Queyras reads with outgoing Writer-in-Residence Jaspreet Singh on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. at the Engineered Air Theatre, EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts, 205 8th Ave. S.E.). Queyras reads from Lemon Hound and her new novel, and Singh reads from a selection of work written during his residency. The reading is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. A book signing and reception follow the reading.

For more information or to book a manuscript consultation with Sina Queyras, contact Janice Lee at (403) 220-8177 or leej@ucalgary.ca.